FROM THE BARREL OF MY PEN
By Gonzalo "Jun" Policarpio
"THIS TROUBLED WORLD IS NOT MY FINAL HOME"
American President Barack Hussein Obama obliged to release his Hawaiian birth certificate to the media to dispel any doubt of his natural birth in the United States. Donald Trump, an American billionaire who aspires to replace Obama next year as president, somehow pushed the first Black president of the United States to show his birth certificate to the public during his series of television interviews and press releases.
If Obama's birth certificate paper turned out to be genuine but the information contained turned out to be false, what will happen next? Well, we can just say that the strongest and most powerful nation in the world fell victim to the mother of all fraud. Yet I must say that this could never happen given America's capability to detect fraud.
Why did President Obama just ignore Trump's foolish cajole, if such is the case? Why pay attention to a silly joke, if such is the case? Maybe because everybody believes in the power of the media to sensationalize a lie, if such is the case. And this lie is so serious that it can destroy the American nation.
I hope that there is nothing to believe in the persistent rumor even before the 2008 presidential elections that Obama was born in Kenya and not in the United States. If it still persists and no evidence to prove otherwise that Obama is a natural born citizen, then the White House should cry racial prejudice owing to the fact that Obama's father was a foreigner from Africa. Remember, racial prejudice is against the United States Constitution.
In another country such as the United Kingdom, something happened there now that captured the interest of the whole world: the magnificent Royal Wedding of the future King and Queen of England, Prince William and commoner Kate Middleton. I was surprised not to see American First Lady Michelle Obama as one the 650 guests invited to the wedding. Perhaps Queen Elizabeth, the current British monarch and grandmother of the future King, or rather Brfitish protocol officials did not forget that sometine in April of 2009, the American First Lady hugged and tapped the Queen's back. It is against British protocol to touch the Queen. To wink at the Queen may not be as what former president George W. Bush did one time.
Again in another counry such as the Republic of the Philippines, former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo faces mountain of corruption and plunder charges. Today as I write this article, Ombudsman Mercedital Gutierrez who was handpicked by Arroyo during her administration to investigate corrupt and plunderous officials except the Arroyo family and their cronies resigned from her post as the Philippine Senate is getting ready for her impeachment trial.
Philippine president Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino is now looking for Guitierrez's replacement who would be able to help him fulfill his campaign promise to root out corruption in government.
I cited only three countries and look at the drama and melodrama unfolding. Stay tuned for world events are getting interesting.